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PostPost by: street » Sun Aug 07, 2022 11:52 pm

Long story, however NZ govt want to inspect my chassis, I have the manual, however I'm sure someone has a good plan/checklist already prepared to assist.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:53 am

I have never heard of anyone needing a body off chassis inspection ? Whats the long story ?

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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:39 am

Unless they were of a certain type and quality if someone wanted to inspect my chassis I’d be definitely saying no way and keeping my outer coverings firmly attached. You shouldn’t be needing to use a manual to do what is being asked however.
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PostPost by: street » Mon Aug 08, 2022 5:32 am

You all may think Untie Jacinda has the interests of NZ's to heart, however after being here for 10 years, crime is jumping, police losing respect, schools are buckling and health system is on its knees, sound familiar......not to turn it into a political statement, however they now focus easy wins i.e the motorist and taxation, we are all to believe electric cars are the future in NZ yet she refuses to answer any question on carbon pay back which is greater than comparable petrol vehicle over 25 years........up to a few years ago importing cars was relatively simple, they now have a new transport minister who has directed that every rule must be adhered too. All independent compliance inspectors have gone as paperwork and costs were more than return, we have government inspectors who insist on every box being ticked, the car sat outside govt testing station for 32 working days out of 20 maximum govt days on appeal as they would not accept letter from Andy Graham as proof that the car was genuine Lotus, so you got it, after paying more money another person in same department reviewed letter and accepted subject to the car satisficing the entry requirements of car at 1985. The compliance center correctly deduced that the car had been restored at some point and as such now have instructed a chassis inspection, (oh and another $500 for the inspection) this is now the norm in NZ, luckily I brought the car in 3 years ago, I am aware of two cases where American imports were forced to be x-rayed before they could leave port. In summary NZ is trying to slowly squeeze out car imports especially those that are of a certain age. The days of importing European and or American classics is literally on its way out, we are down to 200 vehicles of interest a year if you cannot prove historic ownership and of course have very deep pockets...........
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:32 am

Surely they can see what they need to on a ramp?
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PostPost by: street » Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:20 pm

Its all about liability, about 2 years ago NZ govt cracked down on backhand WOF's (MOT'S), it was quite bad and lets be honest dodgy cars should not be on the road. As a result paperwork became unmanageable and no one will make a call on what they can cannot see anymore as they are all scared of the system.

Because the chassis has been painted (of course it has its 51 years old) they need to inspect it.

It is also now quite common requirement for paint to be removed from cars, they will start at total paint removal as minimum requirement and depending on how good you can negotiate you can get away with a few patches, all to see if there have been any repairs.

No one can appeal, oh and the best bit, most of the inspectors have got their status by attending a 12 week college course and have minimal ability speaking, writing and reading English
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Aug 09, 2022 1:37 am

sounds like your totally F**k*d
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PostPost by: street » Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:28 am

I hear Aussie is going down same path.................
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Aug 09, 2022 5:25 am

The crazy thing i understand in NZ you can drive without Insurance.
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PostPost by: HCA » Tue Aug 09, 2022 8:31 am

street wrote:I hear Aussie is going down same path.................


Everywhere is making it difficult.

France, one of the pioneering homes of the car, is only going to be happy when we are all whirring around on top of a battery :x

I have found an Evante I want to bring in but it does not have its EU paperwork, so it has to undergo a full exam - not as far as taking the body off but it will have to meet 2022 gas emissions at heaven knows what cost.
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Tue Aug 09, 2022 10:18 am

I hear the next stage of auntie Jacinda’s cunning plan in NZ is to require mandatory frontal crash barrier testing at 100km/h for all classics to determine if the car is safe or not. If your individual car passes testing you are then given permission to register it.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Aug 09, 2022 11:24 am

If you can repair it after the crash test.
I heard many secondhand cars in NZ come from Japan.
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